Sipping cool water from a city fountain in 1900

Drinking fountains began showing up in New York City parks in the 1880s, often paid for by wealthy private citizens and supported by temperance groups, reports this Huffington Post article.


Providing cool refreshing water to passersby and park-goers was a wonderful idea. But yikes, look at the communal cups everyone had to drink out of!

This photo dates to about 1900, right about when people were realizing that sharing cups was a good way to spread germs. Pretty soon, the cups were replaced by bubbling, cup-free fountains.

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2 Responses to “Sipping cool water from a city fountain in 1900”

  1. David Steers Says:

    Great blog!

  2. Mia Fare Says:

    There’s not a lot of archived material on this weirdly enough so it’s nice to have people blogging (I’m 5 years late. oh well).

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